We’ve spent a weekend rather unwell. A nasty tummy bug laid the kids and I low on Sunday and Monday and we’re still coming good even now. It’s been rough to tell the truth. Nurse Nancy, AKA Martin, our long-suffering and most wonderful nursemaid truly has been most tremendous, ready to soothe the fevered brow and all other manner of necessary tasks when all others are unwell.
Being on the mend again I made our normal Tuesday evening dinner of roast chicken and veggies. After dinner I cleaned the rest of the meat off the bones for Thursday nights dinner and popped the bones into some cold water on the stove with a little apple cider vinegar to make stock and realised I was out of room for freezing any more stock. My freezer was full to overflowing. Time to break out the pressure canner. 🙂
And given the cooler weather this evening, with the temperature down around 11°C overnight and with a house full of still not fully well people, I decided that whether it was February or not (the hottest part of summer for us usually) I was lighting the fire. A perfect place to simmer the chicken bones and melt the frozen chicken stock whilst the canner warmed up and the jars sterilised on the other stove.
It’s been so nice to break out an old friend again, and know that between us we will fill my pantry with homemade nutritious food. A great practice run too, given that it’s just now turned to tomato time of year once again. It won’t be long until the glut of summer is upon us and it’s urgency will make itself known. Then once again I will be busy in the kitchen filling jars with summer goodness. 🙂
As an aside, I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before but we moved our goats along to new homes last year. With all that was going on for us, the situation with the goats wasn’t working for any of us and we moved Anna along to a wonderful goat retirement home where she spent her twilight months making friends with several other goats and having a grand old time. Sadly, she passed away in early December which was unexpected. She is missed. Pandora however moved to the farm from where Anna had come and since her rehoming has been rather busy. A delightful message a couple of weeks back introduced us to her twin girls, Bubbles and Squeaky. Well done Miss Pandora (or should we now call her Mrs). We can’t wait to meet her 2 seriously cute kids.
Mind you, I think mine are even cuter. Do you think I might be a little biased? 😉
Three little lunch boxes, all in a row. Guess whose was left behind on the couch. 😦 T’was a hungry morning for Mr Orik but we were home in time for a midday feast. 🙂 After homeschooling for some months last year, we chose to enroll Jasper into school, Allegra into kindergarten and Orik into childcare around May. It took a load off my shoulders and the children thrived. This year we have 2 big school children and they are loving it. We haven’t ruled out homeschooling, either full or part-time again in the future but in a truly tiny school we feel we have the best of both worlds at the moment and I have to say, some of the best teachers I’ve met. It’s working for all of us, although I don’t love the early morning get ready for school challenges. Truly, how many times can you lose 1 shoe!
Ha, I’ve just read my blog title and realised how well it all fits together! My kids homeschooling turning to conventional school wasn’t exactly bad, just not the way we had hoped and planned, the same for our caprine situation but I guess good really does sometimes come from bad. I’ll raise a cup to that. 😀 A cup of delicious homemade chicken broth of course. 😉